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Sonos And Ikea Unveil The Ultimate Speaker For Bookshelves And Table Lamp

Sonos and Ikea have finally revealed their pair of new wireless speakers that the two companies have collaborated on for years. The Symfonisk series includes a table lamp ($179) also what the furniture maker calls its "loudest table lamp ever" and bookshelf speaker ($99) with WiFi will both ship this August, and you’ll be able to control them with Sonos’ app, allowing each speaker to be fully integrated as part of a multiroom audio setup.

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea and smart speaker maker Sonos will be unveiling during the Salone del Mobile design show include a table lamp with a Wi-Fi speaker, as well as a bookshelf Wi-Fi speaker.The furniture giant will begin selling this August.

Sonos And Ikea Unveil The Ultimate Speaker For Bookshelves And Table Lamp
Image: Ikea / Sonos

Both companies say it's about a shared passion. "IKEA is always looking for ideas that improve life at home. By integrating technology with home furnishing products and solutions, we can do that in an even better way," says IKEA's Home Smart boss, Björn Block.

“To make a white labeled product and put that on the shelf, that’s actually quite impossible from an Ikea point of view,” says Block. “All of the products we sell at Ikea are designed by Ikea. We don’t sell other company’s products like that. We don’t take shortcuts like that. We start from a customer need, and tap into every aspect of democratic design.”

Sonos And Ikea Unveil The Ultimate Speaker For Bookshelves And Table Lamp
Image: Ikea / Sonos

“We knew from the start that we wanted to challenge the traditional high-tech aesthetics,” said Iina Vuorivirta, one of the lamp designers at Ikea of Sweden. “The lamp-speaker partly springs from the idea of the fireplace — one single piece that spreads warm light as well as sound.”

The bookshelf speaker, meanwhile, can rest either horizontally or vertically. It’s meant to blend comfortably into the owner’s home, and not necessarily to stand out as a speaker, and it also comes with a number of hooks that allow it to be attached to, say, almost any kitchen rail. 

Sonos And Ikea Unveil The Ultimate Speaker For Bookshelves And Table Lamp
Image: Ikea / Sonos

Symfonisk bookshelf speaker,can be used as a traditional bookshelf speaker, or can rest either horizontally or vertically. It’s meant to blend comfortably into the owner’s home, and not necessarily to stand out as a speaker, it also comes with an integrated bracket for wall mounting, which means that it can be used as a shelf of its own.It's capable of supporting up to 3 kg of weight.

Sonos And Ikea Unveil The Ultimate Speaker For Bookshelves And Table Lamp
Image: Ikea / Sonos

The Symfonisk table lamp promises to allow both light and sound in one single device. Block said that the integration was informed by Ikea’s previous integrations of wireless charging into bedside tables and other furniture. “It is more of a signature product,” Block said.

Sonos And Ikea Unveil The Ultimate Speaker For Bookshelves And Table Lamp
Image: Ikea / Sonos

“Creating atmosphere and convenience are central in the creation of the Ikea Home Smart concept, and the Symfonisk range is perfectly designed with that in mind,” said Björn Block, Business Leader for Ikea Home Smart at Ikea of Sweden. “Ikea is always looking for ideas that improve life at home. By integrating technology with home furnishing products and solutions, we can do that in an even better way.”

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